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Arch, Carotid and Vertebral Angiography: A Quick Review

The concept behind bundled codes is not new to anyone familiar with coding for interventional radiology procedures, and it’s no surprise that complete codes (including catheterization and imaging) exist for arch, carotid and vertebral angiography–CPT® codes 36221-36228. Like other code sets, these codes are built on a hierarchy, meaning the

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Biliary Drainage – Exchanges, Conversions, Stents

As with most IR procedures, one of the primary issues faced when it comes to coding remains the inconsistent language in reports. Procedures can be described in a multitude of ways adding complexity and confusion to the process. Even though they may be performing the same procedure, physicians don’t (typically)

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Unbundling CT Scans: A Renewed Focus

Generally, ‘bundled’ codes refer to procedure codes for less extensive exams being included in (or bundled with) procedure codes for more extensive exams being performed at the same anatomic location, or site.

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Complete vs. Limited Ultrasound

It’s no secret that many CPT® codes for ultrasounds make a distinction between a ‘limited’ exam and a ‘complete’ exam. From a coding standpoint, it’s made fairly clear that in order to report a complete exam, all required components for the complete exam must be imaged and documented.

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Breast MRI: New Year, New Codes, New Questions

It’s no secret that many CPT® codes for ultrasounds make a distinction between a ‘limited’ exam and a ‘complete’ exam. From a coding standpoint, it’s made fairly clear that in order to report a complete exam, all required components for the complete exam must be imaged and documented.

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10 Things You Need to Know About Dialysis Circuit Add-on Codes

The arteriovenous (AV) dialysis circuit is designed for repetitive access to perform hemodialysis. Patients on long-term dialysis will usually have an AV fistula (created by directly connecting a native vein to a native artery) or an AV graft (created by using an artificial tube attached on one end to a

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3D Rendering with CT – 2 Codes, So Many Questions

76376 and 76377 – the CPT codes describing 3D rendering of 2D images to give the images an illusion of depth. These codes may be applied in addition to site-specific imaging codes assuming the criteria are met for utilization…which sounds fairly straightforward. However, proper use of these codes is among

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